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Volunteers brave the elements to raise funds


Volunteers will be braving the elements and sleeping outside on Saturday night (October 13) to raise funds for the Wales Air Ambulance and schemes supporting rough-sleepers in North Wales.

Around 25 people from a number of different organisations including Jaguar Landrover, Wales Air Ambulance and Clwyd Alyn Housing Association, along with family members and friends, will be taking part in the charity sleep-out at Northop Hall Cricket and Hockey Club.

“Unlike those sleeping rough, we will have warm clothes, a sleeping bag and a safe place to bed down. Most importantly I also have a warm home and a loving family to return to, but it will never the less focus the mind on those who find themselves homeless,” said Paul Seymour, Executive Director of Resident Services, for Clwyd Alyn, who is one of those taking part.

“Homelessness can affect people from all walks of life and can happen for many reasons. It can be heart-breaking for family members as well as for those who are sleeping rough. Those working to support rough-sleepers are doing a vital job that really makes a difference,” added Paul.

Lynda Hughes, Senior Project Officer at the Tŷ Golau emergency accommodation project in Denbighshire, said that half of the funds raised by the sleep-out would be donated to Air Ambulance Wales for the essential life-saving cover they provide for those facing life-threatening illness or injury, with the remaining split between Tŷ Golau and the Tŷ Nos night shelter in Wrexham.

“The Air Ambulance Service relies on public donations and every penny counts. We’d like to say a massive thank you to the Northop Hall Cricket and Hockey Club for allowing us to use their facilities as a base once again. 

“As well as raising funds for these much-needed services, we also want to highlight something of the plight that faces homeless people on a nightly basis,” added Lynda. 

Anyone wishing to support the event can contact Lynda on 01745 360868 or Debra Sima from Wales Air Ambulance on 07858 816348 or Debrasima@walesairambulance.com

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